I found myself this morning returning to my occasional coffee shop in search of hot spring jasmine tea and a bit of solitude. My goal was to basically crawl back inside my head and read or research things on my computer. To my surprise, the most amazing thing happened. My favorite barista, Hide Terada, (pronounced He Day), that I have only met maybe once and that was weeks ago, remembered every little detail of my comings and goings at Hereghty’s Cafe; the fact I was researching and planning a trip, what I drink and even my name! We have only met once formally. The kicker is that he is a photographer! And with my recent foray back into the visual arts I now have a new sense of connection with another fabulous human being and not my computer! My point is that basic human interaction on a day to day basis has gone by the way side which is no surprise to anyone. Oh but the joy in that interaction! To know that someone is interested in what my brain holds and wants to share in that space makes my heart sing. I fly many miles to seek out this very thing in workshops and it is in my back yard.So chat it up with your barista, your neighbor, the check out girl. Take a different path today. Make the world go round.
The lovely ending to this tale is I have something to offer too! My head is reeling with new possibilities. Hide feels artistically blocked and maybe I can help him get unstuck. I’m envisioning a photo/blogging group meet up at Hereghty’s, and or a camera photo challenge just to make it fun and interesting. Shake things up and get the creative juices flowing. And with all of the interaction with Kate and Andrew and the tentacles of connections they have formed we can all use technology to really bring like minded people together.